Add to the herds of bowl scouts at those contests eagle-eyes for the newest postseason special: Garden State Bowl in Jersey's Giants Stadium . . . And the folks who bring you Eastern Eight basketball already are trying to drum up interest in their postseason tournament.

The Eight (formally, Eastern Athletic Association) brought its coaches and athletic directors here yesterday trying to pry some area attention away from football, Atlantic Coast Conference basketball, etc. The league's three new coaches had their turn at the mike - Penn State's Dick Harter, West Virginia's Gale Catlett, Duquesne's Mike Rice - along with the rest, and those from the Washington, New York and Philadelphia regions aren't too happy that the tourney will be in Pittsburgh for the second straight year. Number among those Rutgers' Tom Young and yesterday's host, GW's Bob Tallent, Eastern Eight's president. A.D. Fred Gruninger of Rutgers, noted that while the aim is to rotate the tourney (qualifier for the NCAAs) and they are looking down the road toward Capital Centre, Washington isn't ready for it - "We have to make the other teams visible to the people" here first.

Recognition season is here: Monday at the TD Club, the Quarterback Club honors with its annual sportscaster-of-the-year award Don Criqui, the onetime Notre Dame basketballer who does NBA, NFL and what-all for CBS-TV (when he can get away from those airline commercials) . . . Next Wednesday, the Better Sports Club of Arlington inducts at its 22nd annual awards banquet in K. of C. Hall its eighth Arlington Sports Hall of Fame member: Sheriff J. Elwood Clements. He did it all, from Washington-Lee H.S. to Catholic U's Orange Bowl team to the pro Washignton Presidents (Redskin predecessors) to coaching at St. John's High and W.L and forever boosting Arlington athletics . . . Next Thursday, it's the Gene Brito Award by TD Club to Len Hauss . . . Next Friday, Washington Area Tennis Patrons at their third annual award dinner, 7 p.m., Shoreham Americana, honor Billie Jean King with 1978 service award . . . Monday, Nov. 13, Ken Houston and Ron McDole special-guest at a Redskin pep rally to benefit Georgetown Big Brothers. At Mazza Gallerie, the shopping center at Wisconsin and Western Avenues . . .